Trend Alert! U.S. Destination Weddings are on the Rise!

According to our just-released 2012 Destination Wedding Survey results, nearly 1 in 4 couples (24%) had a destination wedding in 2011, a significant increase from 20% in 2009. Not only were there more destination weddings, but there were significantly more weddings hosted in the continental U.S, which is great news for U.S. wedding venues and the weddings industry at large. In 2011, 70% of couples who hosted a destination wedding chose a venue in the U.S. compared to 60% in 2009. The top domestic wedding destinations include Florida, California, Nevada, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Why are so many more couples opting to get married away from home? “The idea of having a destination wedding is growing among our brides, and it goes hand in hand with the fact that most people no longer live where they grew up,” said Carley Roney, co-founder of XO Group Inc. “When family is spread all over the country, a destination wedding is the perfect way to bring everyone together.”

2012 DESTINATION WEDDINGS STUDY: TOP 10 STATISTICS

  1. 350,000 destination weddings take place annually, representing 24% of all weddings
  2. The average destination bride is 30 years old
  3. Destination weddings have an average of 86 guests
  4. 70% of destination weddings take place in the continental US
  5. Florida, California and Nevada are the top three destination wedding locations in the continental US
  6. 30% of destination weddings take place outside the continental US
  7. The Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii are the most popular wedding locations outside the continental US
  8. 51% of destination wedding couples use a wedding planner
  9. 69% of destination weddings are held outdoors
  10. 10.86% of couples still plan to take a honeymoon after their destination wedding

To check out the full press release, click here!

9 responses to “Trend Alert! U.S. Destination Weddings are on the Rise!

  1. I totally agree with the increase in Businees. On Galveston Island, we have doubled our weedings at Chopin Mon Ami Catering & Cakes. The Island is 50 miles away from Houston-the fourth largest city. We have learned that since the ecomny is still low, it is easy for brides to come to the island and have a destination wedding. It is easy for their friends and family to come also. We have a lot to offer the party.

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  4. Kemah Gardens (an event facility and bed & breakfast), located just two miles to the famous Kemah Boardwalk, is a great location for a local destination wedding. With various packages to choose from and almost 5 acres of gardens and a small lake, we are an excellent venue for those planning an outdoor garden wedding & reception.

  5. When I see the interaction of folks here at Splendor Mountain during a weekend wedding celebration, it is easy to think that our wedding couple will have a lasting romance. The support of family and friends throughout a lifetime gets a great kickoff as they gather around the bonfire the night before the big day.

  6. Of course we think Western North Carolina is the PERFECT area for Destination Weddings and The Farm, a gathering place in Asheville, NC is happy to be the destination choice for so many !!!! Since we are within driving range of 1/3 of the population of the US we are the best area for families to gather and enjoy the festivities of a wedding.

  7. Of course we think Western North Carolina is the perfect area for destination Weddings and The Farm, a gathering place in Asheville, NC is happy to be the destination of choice for so many !! Since we are within 1/3 of the population of the US we are the best area for families to gather and enjoy the festivities of a wedding.

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